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The National Coastwatch Institution (NCI) is an entirely voluntary organisation keeping a visual watch along UK shores.   

Each station assists in the protection and preservation of life at sea and around the UK coastline.

Currently 50 NCI stations are operational and manned by over 2000 volunteers keeping watch around the British Isles from Rossall  Point in the North West, through Wales, to Wearside in the North East.

Whilst high technology and sophisticated systems are aids to improved safety, a computer cannot spot a distress flare, an overturned boat or a yachtsman or fisherman in trouble. Other vulnerable activities like diving, wind surfing and canoeing are made safer with visual surveillance.

NCI watchkeepers provide the eyes and ears along the coast, monitoring radio channels and providing a listening watch in poor visibility. They are trained to deal with emergencies, offering a variety of skills and experience and full training by the NCI ensures that high standards are met.

Over 190,000 hours of organised coastal surveillance were completed in 2011 alone, all at no cost to the public. Funding is managed by a Board of Trustees with a constitution agreed by the Charity Commission and relies heavily on local support.

Latest news

  • 26 May 2015 A  long-serving watch-keeper from the National Coastwatch (NCI) station at St Alban's Head has been honoured with a retirement lunch.Mike Hornby retired after 18 years as a key member of...
  • 10 March 2015 The Royal Cruising Club has presented NCI with its Medal For Services To Cruising. The award presentation took place on 5 March at the Royal Thames Yacht Club in London.The award is in...
  • 23 February 2015 The winner of this year’s Prize Draw at the London Boat Show is Karen Holdich who owns a Hunton RS43 Powerboat.Karen (pictured with her husband beside their boat) comes from...

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